Squaw Lakes


Squaw LakesSquaw Lakes are two scenic, natural mountain lakes on the Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District that provide semi-primitive angling opportunities for coldwater and warmwater species. Fifty-one-acre lower Squaw Lake is a short (1/8-mile) hike from the road and contains rainbow and cutthroat trout, yellow perch, brown bullhead, and black bass fisheries. Twenty-acre upper Squaw Lake provides a rare fishery for 8-11” wild, native coastal cutthroat trout. A 1/4-mile hiking trail connects upper and lower Squaw Lake. Motors are not permitted on the lakes, and camping is available during the summer months by reservation only.

At a Glance

Closest Towns:
  • Medford, OR
  • Ashland, OR
  • Ruch, OR

General Information


Take Hwy 238 southwest from Medford approximately 13 miles to the town of Ruch. Take a left on Upper Applegate Rd. and proceed for 15 miles to Applegate Dam. Cross the dam and follow the signs up the Squaw Creek drainage approximately 10 miles to Squaw Lakes.


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